In June, John Burton Advocates for Youth (JBAY) published Profiles of Success: How Communities are using the Homeless Housing, Assistance and Prevention Program to Reduce Youth Homelessness. The goal of the publication is to communicate that California needs to make a significant, permanent investment in addressing youth homelessness in California and to let our decision-makers know that there is a strong, committed community of youth providers ready to do the job. It profiles 10 organizations that have used the Homeless Housing, Assistance and Prevention (HHAP) program to reduce youth homelessness in their communities, including Hope Solutions. On page 5, our Chief Executive Officer, Deanne Pearn articulates the critical importance of the establishment of HHAP funding for homeless youth in Contra Costa County.
The Homeless Housing, Assistance and Prevention (HHAP) program is designed to support regional coordination and the expansion or development of local capacity to address immediate homelessness challenges across California. HHAP is administered by the California Interagency Council on Homelessness (Cal ICH, formerly known as the Homeless Coordinating and Financing Council) within the California Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency.